RCMP are on scene of an ongoing investigation in the Maidstone Detachment area and residents there will see an increased police presence because of the investigation.
It began overnight in the Edmonton Police Service and Alberta RCMP areas with the individuals involved in this investigation possibly armed. They are also considered dangerous so to ensure the safety of the public, they are asking people to report any suspicious activity but not to approach and if you do see suspicious activity, vehicles or people in the Maidstone area you are asked to report to the police immediately. There were two overnight carjackings and a shooting in the Edmonton region that left one person in hospital. Strathcona County RCMP say they got word from Edmonton police around 12:30 am about a black Ford Fusion that had been involved in an armed carjacking in the city. Around the same time, Mounties learned shots had been fired at a hotel in nearby Sherwood Park that resulted in a male being sent to hospital with neck and shoulder wounds. Minutes later, the Fusion was believed to be involved in another carjacking with a shotgun at a gas station, where a black Chrysler 300 bearing a Saskatchewan licence plate was stolen. Both vehicles left the area but a Ford Fusion was later found in flames on the Yellowhead Highway east of Edmonton, although it's not known if it was one of the suspect vehicles. The Chrysler 300 was seen speeding through the Vegreville area and was later discovered in Saskatchewan. [GW and Canadian Press]